Stagecoach State Park is maintained for your enjoyment. Please
observe the following rules for the safety and enjoyment of all
• All pets must be picked up after and kept on a leash no
longer than six feet.
• All fires must be contained in the grills provided.
• All vehicles must remain on designated roads and parking
areas. Off-road driving damages vegetation and disturbs
• Please observe the 25 mph speed limit on park roads, and 5
mph speed limit in the campgrounds.
• Place trash in receptacles provided. For recycling please
contact park personnel.
• Please camp in designated campsites and on RV/tent pads
only; quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
eport any problems to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife employee.
• 3.2% alcohol only.
The park office is located inside the park, just north of the
Keystone day use area. The park office is open year-round,
provides area information, and sells park entry and camping
permits, snowmobile, OHV and boat registrations, and
hunting and fishing licenses. The park office is also home to
our loaner gear program, where you can borrow lake and icefishing equipment, snowshoes, activity backpacks and fat tire
bikes, all free of charge.
The park's Junction City, Pinnacle, Harding Spur, and
McKindley campgrounds have a total of 92 campsites which
can accommodate tents, campers or trailers. The group
campsite can accommodate up to 36 people or 5 camping
units. Junction City and Pinnacle Campgrounds have pullthrough sites and electric hookups. One camping unit and up
to 6 people are allowed per site.
Campground users must have both a camping permit and park
pass. Please display camping permits in the plastic holder at the
To make your campground reservations call 303-470-1144 in
the Denver Metro area or 1-800-678-CAMP (2267) if calling
outside the Denver area. You can also make reservations online
at cpw.state.co.us. Contact the park office directly at 970-7362436 for reserving the group camp site.
There is a reservation fee per campsite, plus the daily cost of the
campsite payable by check, Visa or MasterCard.
A holding tank dump station, located west of the Pinnacle
Campground, is provided for your convenience with the
purchase of a camping permit. Water hydrants are placed
throughout the campgrounds. Shower facilities are available at
Picnicking is a popular activity at the park. Picnic sites are
located at the Morrison Cove boat ramp on the south shore
and at the Keystone and Haybro day-use areas. Each site has a
picnic table and standing grill. The Arrowhead Group Picnic
area is available for groups of up to 70 on a reservation basis
only. Call the park office at 970-736-2436 to reserve this area.
Boating and Water Sports
Stagecoach State Park hosts a variety of water sports. Boaters
are subject to current Colorado Boating Statutes and
Regulations, available in pamphlet form at the entrance station
or park office. A boat ramp is located at the marina near
Pinnacle Campground and at the Morrison Cove area.
Water-skiing is permitted only in designated areas of the
reservoir. Boats towing skiers must have an observer on board
and travel in a counter-clockwise direction. All boats must
keep 150 feet from shoreline fishermen.
Swimming is allowed only in the designated swim beach area,
located near Pinnacle Campground.
Other facilities include a marina concession which provides
boat rentals, fishing and camping supplies.
Six trails provide excellent recreation opportunities at the park.
On the north side of the park are the 1/4 mile Pinnacle Peak
Trail, the 1/4 mile Pinnacle Loop Trail, the 1 mile Overlook
Trail and the 1 mile Lakeview Trail. The 6 mile Elk Run Trail
runs along the south side of the park from the inlet to the dam.
The 1/4 mile Tailwater Trail is the primary access for the river
below the dam. The Overlook, Lakeview, and Elk Run Trails
offer excellent hiking, biking, and equine opportunities in the
summer, and snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in the winter.
Over 200 species of migratory and resident birds are known for
this area including the raven, mountain bluebird, gray jay, yellow
warbler, goshawk and osprey. Several species of waterfowl and
shorebirds are attracted to the reservoir. Elk and mule deer are a
common site, as are cottontail rabbit, jackrabbit, beaver, red fox,
coyote, badger, ground squirrel and muskrat.
During the winter, the park offers excellent ice fishing and
wildlife watching, as well as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing
and fat biking along 7 miles of groomed trail. Visit the park
office to learn more about our FREE loaner gear program.
Snowmobiles are allowed only on the reservoir surface for
fishing access and only when traveling to and from vehicles
and trailers. Various parking facilities are plowed during the
winter for day-use.
Camping is also available on a limited, first-come first-served
basis, however, flush facilities and showers close for the winter
PA R K S
ENJOY YOUR STATE PARKS
Oak Creek (6 miles west of the park) and Yampa (12 miles
south of the park) have amenities such as gas, groceries, a
pharmacy (Oak Creek only), post office, restaurants, museums,
and religious facilities.
Medical facilities are available in Steamboat Springs,
19 miles north of the park.
In case of an emergency please dial 911. Park rangers are
available to give emergency assistance and minor first aide or
from the park office during business hours. An ambulance can
be summoned from the Oak Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
The nearest hospital is Yampa Valley Medical Center, located
in Steamboat Springs, 19 miles north of the Park.
The reservoir is known for its fast growing, hard fighting
rainbow trout, and the occasional brown trout. The reservoir
also has record size northern pike. The tailwater section of
river below the dam is restricted to catch and release only
using flies and lures. Current fishing regulation brochures are
available at the park office.
Waterfowl and small game hunting are allowed after Labor
Day during legal hunting seasons. Hunting is only allowed on
the western portion of the reservoir. The use of firearms and
other weapons are prohibited in the summer, and controlled
during legal hunting seasons. Hunting information and
regulations are available from the park staff.
Stagecoach State Park
P.O. Box 98 • Oak Creek, CO 80467
Funded in part by Great Outdoors Colorado
through Colorado Lottery proceeds.
agon wheels and ore cars — two symbols of the
area’s rich history. Stagecoaches traveled over
Yellow Jacket Pass, now County Road 14, on
their way to Oak Creek or Steamboat Springs. The fertile
upper Yampa Valley attracted early ranchers, farmers and
coal miners. Many of the reservoir’s campgrounds and picnic
areas are named after early coal mines and mining camps.
The valley also attracted land developers, who visualized a
resort community in the area. Today, visitors to Stagecoach
State Park enjoy a variety of recreational activities.
Stagecoach State Park
1 Park Office
2 Junction City Campground
To Steamboat Springs
5 McKindley Campground
Big Game Winter Range
6 Keystone Picnic Area
7 Arrowhead Group Picnic Area
8 Haybro Picnic Area
9 Sanitary Dump Station
11 Vault Toilet
Universal Access Fishing
Access and Parking
12 Wildlife Viewing Platform
13 Wetland Habitat
To Oak Creek
4 Harding Spur Campground
3 Pinnacle Campground
Universal Access Parking
To Lynx Pass
Park Passes and Camping Permits
All vehicles entering the park are required to display a current
Colorado State Parks Pass on the auto windshield. A daily
pass is valid from the day purchased until noon the following
day. An annual pass is valid at any Colorado State Park. For
annual pass holders who own another car, a multiple pass is
available for a reduced fee. Passes are available at main park
entrances and self-service dispensers.
Wakeless Boating Zone
The Stagecoach Marina
• Pontoon, Fishing, Kayak, and Paddle Boat Rentals
• Fishing & Camping Supplies
• Slip and Storage Rentals
• Ph: 970-736-8342
Three-mile-long Stagecoach Reservoir was built as a water
storage facility by the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy
District. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages the
recreational uses of the reservoir under a lease with the
Enjoy your stay at Stagecoach State Park!
Located in the lower elevation of the river valley, native
grasses, shrubs and flowering plants are the dominant
vegetation types in the park. Visitors enjoy views of the
Flattop mountains to the southwest, and to the north, the
cliff face of Blacktail Mountain.
Colorado residents 64 and over qualify for a special Aspen
Leaf annual pass, available at a discounted rate. These allow
admission to all state parks every day and reduced-fee camping
on weekdays. The regular fee is charged on weekends and
holidays. Where available, an electrical fee is charged.
Colorado disabled veterans displaying Colorado Disabled
Veteran (DV) license plates are admitted free without a pass
however, camping fees still apply.
In addition to a parks pass, campers are required to purchase
and display a camping permit at their campsite.